Thursday, December 12, 2013

Moonlight Bindery :: Handmade Holiday Vendor Feature

Business name: Moonlight Bindery

Is there a story behind your shop name?
By day I am a rare book conservator for the Smithsonian Libraries and I moonlight as a bookbinder so Moonlight Bindery seems like a fitting name.
Tell us about your craft space:
I have a studio in the basement of my house.   I have decorated it with vintage finds such as the 1966 classroom pull-down map that frames my desk.
Tell us about your newest design:
A friend of mine recently opened a shop and she had these merit badges for sale so I bought a handful and mulled over different ideas for them.  In the end I inset them into book covers creating one of a kind mini journals.  
What is your crafty inspiration.
I am inspired by vintage wallpaper (used in my accordion photo albums) and various items I find in vintage shops such as the Verkade coffee card journals and merit badge journals I make.

Inedible Jewelry :: Handmade Holiday Vendor Feature

Business name: Inedible Jewelry
Owners: Jessica & Susan Partain 

Tell us about your newest design:
We've been working on the design of the gingerbread house for a couple of years, tweaking it to get it just right!  We sculpted every bit by hand, and even assembled it much like a real gingerbread house: with the icing. We added classic rainbow candies for the roof shingles, peppermint sticks for the sides, and two kinds of peppermint candies for the "wreaths" above the doorway and on the back and for the shutters on the windows.  Even the gingerbread part has lots of little spice speckles to look like authentic gingerbread!  It's a very wee little house, at just about 5/8" tall and wide, so perfect for a necklace.  Or perfect for a gingerbread house for your dollhouse!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wunder Around :: Handmade Holiday Vendor Feature

Business Name: Wunder Around

Tell us about your craft space: 
My work with hot glass takes place at DC GlassWorks and Sculpture Studios in Hyattsville, Md.  The fact that this is a public access space means there are lots of opportunities to interact with, and learn from, other artists. I love the collaborative atmosphere. It's also fun to share glass with members of the community who stop by for events or just to check out the space. Explaining the process to others often helps me think about glass in new ways.

Tell us about your newest design: 
I'm super excited about my newest little creations--the Wunder Birds! Each starts from a gather of clear glass from a 2080 degree furnace and is hand sculpted before taking a 12-hour nap to anneal. After a bit of polishing to form the base, each gets its own little crocheted accessory and a name! Whether hanging out on your desk, nightstand or a sunny windowsill, these colorful little friends are a great reminder to look up, down and maybe on the ground to find the wonder around.

Paper Freckles :: Handmade Holiday Vendor Feature

Business name: Paper Freckles

What new design are you excited about?
We are super excited about our new City Collection of greeting cards! Hand illustrated in fun, modern and bright colors, this line of greeting cards make excellent gifts for friends all around the state! In addition to Richmond, we'll also be debuting 10 other Virginia cities at the show. Available in box sets of 8 cards/8 envelopes.